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The Australian National University

Dr Catherine Day

PhD (Biological Anthropology); MA (Applied Linguistics); GradCert ElecEng; BA(Hons); BAsianStud
Researcher, Chronic Diseases Epidemiology
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
T: +61 2 6125 5607

Areas of expertise

  • Demography 1603
  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

Cousin marriage; religious minorities in historical Britain; epidemiology and culture; social inequalities in cardiovascular disease; urban slums and their people; foreign language teaching


Prior to joining the ANU, Dr Cathy Day had an extensive technical and management career in the Australian Public Service in the fields of Defence and Health, including peace keeping during the civil war in Bougainville. From 2005 to 2012, she pursued a Masters in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Biological Anthropology. During this time, she worked in a slum in New Delhi for two years. 

Cathy is part of the Chronic Diseases Epidemiology Group in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. She is working primarily on social inequalities in cardiovascular disease.

She has been a tutor in the Sociology of Health at the University of Canberra and a guest lecturer in anthropology and demography at the Australian National University. 

Cathy has an interest in online education and has tutored and helped develop two of the ANU's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC): Engaging India in 2014 and Ignorance! in 2015.

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